ATR2100-USB

Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone

MSRP* US$79.00
Lifetime Limited End-user Warranty

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual selling price may vary; please check with an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.



  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications
  • Downloads
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  • Q & A

  • Overview


    The ATR2100-USB is designed to take you from the stage to the studio and beyond. This rugged handheld microphone offers two outputs, USB output for digital recording, and an XLR output that connects with a sound systemís conventional microphone input for use in live performance. The microphone plugs right into your computerís USB port, and functions seamlessly with your favorite recording software. The ATR2100-USB also offers a quality analog-to-digital converter for excellent fidelity, and a headphone output with level control for monitoring. Its cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of unwanted sounds from the sides and rear. The microphone is ideal for live performance, podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, and voiceover use.
  • Features


    • Handheld dynamic microphone with USB digital output and XLR analog output

    • USB output connects to your computer for digital recording, while the XLR output connects with your sound systemís conventional microphone input for use in live performance

    • Smooth, extended frequency response ideally suited for podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, voiceover, and on-stage use

    • Built-in headphone jack allows you to directly monitor from your microphone

    • Adjust headphone volume with easy-to-use controls on the bottom of the microphone

    • High-quality AD convertor with 16 Bit, 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate

    • Compatible with Windows and Mac

    • Low-mass diaphragm provides excellent frequency response

    • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of unwanted sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source

    • Tripod desk stand with folding legs for secure and easily portable tabletop use

    • Threaded stand clamp attaches securely to the supplied tripod or to a conventional microphone stand

    • USB and XLR cables included

    • Durable metal construction for long-lasting performance

    • On/off switch functions for both USB and analog operation


  • Specifications

    ELEMENTDynamic
    POLAR PATTERNCardioid
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE50 Ė 15,000 Hz
    POWER REQUIREMENTSUSB Power (5V DC)
    BIT DEPTH16 bit
    SAMPLE RATE44.1 kHz/48 kHz
    CONTROLSOn/off switch;
    headphone volume control
    WEIGHT268 g (9.5 oz)
    DIMENSIONS183.0 mm (7.20") long,
    51.0 mm (2.01") maximum body diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORUSB-type/XLR-type
    HEADPHONE OUTPUT POWER10 mW @ 16 ohms
    HEADPHONE JACK3.5 mm TRS (stereo)
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDStand clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; tripod desk stand; 2 m (6.6') mini USB cable; 3 m (9.8') XLRF-type to XLRM-type cable



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  • Downloads

    ATR2100-USB Manual (pdf 941.02 KB)
    ATR2100-USB FCC DOC (pdf 162.82 KB)
    Optional Windscreens / Mounts
  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone
     
    2.3

    (based on 4 reviews)

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    1.0

    Stay Away from this Mic

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    from Phoenix

    Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone:

    This thing is junk. Had to send it back once to get a component fixed after 2 uses. The turnaround was good on the mic being "fixed" and returned but it still doesn't work correctly. Windows does not recognize the mic.

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    • Up to a year
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    2.0

    USB feature unreliable/broken

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    from Irvine, CA, USA

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    Pros

      Cons

      • usb connectivity

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone:

        I bought three of the ATR2100-usb mics in March 2014 for light usage (podcast recording). When I use the XLR output and go through a mixing board, these mics work fine; great tone, noise free, etc.

        The problem I have is when using the USB connection. For the first six months of very occasional use (twice monthly for up to 20 minutes), the mic worked fine. But no more.

        First one mic became unusable on my Windows 7 laptop, displaying the error "usb device not recognized". The other mics worked fine, until today when mic #2 "broke".

        (I subsequently tried the "broken" mics on my mac, same result.)

        Now I'm left with only one of the original three mics able to be used via the USB connection to the laptop.

        At this time I cannot recommend the ATR2100-USB.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Intermediate
        • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
        • Studio
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        • Up to a year
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        1.0

        Does not work on windows 8.1

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        from Dallas, TX, USA

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        Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone:

        Theres not much to say, other than it does not work on windows 8.1

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Novice
        • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
        • Computer
        • How long have you used this product?:
        • Less than a month

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Microphone and value

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        from AUstralia

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        Pros

        • Interviews
        • Karaoke
        • Presentation/Spoken Word
        • Vocals/Singing

        Cons

        • None considering price

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone:

          Positives:

          - Microphone has 3.5mm jack allowing you to monitor with 0 latency - great function

          - Design is sleek, simple and made of metal, feels heavy and of quality

          - Sound quality is great, the range may not be that wide (50-15 000 Hz) but is ample at an amateur / hobby level

          - Overall great value, comes with a stand, zero latency is great function, price is good.

          Negatives:

          - Some cheapo carrying pouch / case would have been nice

          - Have heard of quality issues with the USB / Headphone jack such as breaking. Could be resolved if you minimise the number of unnecessary insertion / removal of USB / headphone cable

          Good for:

          - Amateur / hobby singers recording covers

          - Podcaster / Youtube / Voice over

          - Value for money

          - Upgrade from cheapo PC mic / inbuilt microphones

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          • Novice
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          • Computer
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          • Less than a month
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        • Q & A

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          • Q:

            Can you use headphones while using the xlr connections when hooked up to a USB mixer?
            Asked on 4/19/2016 by Brett

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Yes, but in order to do so, the headphone amp in the ATR2100-USB must be powered via USB. You may use any standard USB phone charger to power the microphone's internal headphone amplifier.

              Answered on 4/27/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
          • Q:

            How do you out the batteries in the atr2100
            Asked on 4/19/2016 by LuAnn from CA

            1 answer

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              A:

              There are no batteries for the ATR2100-USB.

              If you have any further questions, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
              audio-solutions@atus.com

              Thanks!

              Answered on 4/22/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
          • Q:

            Running Windows 8 and no drivers installed when I plugged in via USB. Where do I download the drivers? Device does not populate in my control panel to select for recording.
            Asked on 3/31/2016 by Michael from United States

            1 answer

          • Q:

            I purchased one last year and it worked great for a while. A year has passed now. slowly over time, the usb connector seemed more and more intermittent and now it keeps disconnecting and connecting. It is not usable. To be honest I don't remember if I bought it from your website or from Amazon.ca. What are my options? Please e-mail me back ASAP.
            Asked on 3/30/2016 by Amir from Coquitlam, Canada

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              You may send the product in for an evaluation through an Audio-Technica Service Center.
              • If you purchased and are located in the US, you may send into our Service Department. You will find our ATUS Service Policy, complete repair return instructions and a downloadable form to be enclosed with the repair return at: www.audio-technica.com/service . Please provide detailed information on the problem. We do not require a return authorization number for repair returns. We require dated proof of purchase with the repair return for all warranty claims. Please also provide a United States, United Parcel Service (UPS) deliverable address to return the product to once repaired.
              • If you purchased in Canada, see Service Center information here.
              • If you purchased outside of the US, you may refer to Audio-Technica Global Support.

              Answered on 4/1/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
          • Q:

            Bought 2 for podcasting and am enjoying them so far.
            I know Phantom Power has come up a lot, but I have a concern. I am considering moving from usb use to xlr use. Some responses say Phantom Power is ok to use with the atr2100, but there is one that says it "WILL HURT" the microphone to use phantom power. Which is true?
            Thank you!
            Asked on 3/19/2016 by B Rich from Grand Rapids, MI

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Phantom power will not hurt the ATR2100-USB microphone as it is a dynamic microphone.

              Answered on 3/21/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
          • Q:

            I got one several months ago and no matter what I do there is always static. Sometimes it's faint and other times it's overbearing. I've used a mixer with xlr/xlr and usb/xlr straight into my computer. No matter what I do there is always static. Any ideas as to what could be the problem?
            Asked on 3/17/2016 by Eric from Houston, TX

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance with this.

              Answered on 3/21/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
          • Q:

            My microphone stopped working. I think it is in the usb port. The light comes on but the computer says it is corrupted. Is this covered under you warranty?

            Thanks Kevin
            Asked on 3/4/2016 by Kevin from United States

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance with this.

              Answered on 3/8/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
          • Q:

            Is-usb compatable with Windows 10 the ATR2100
            Asked on 2/24/2016 by J from Missouri

            1 answer

          • Q:

            Hi, I was looking to use this microphone for podcasting, however on our podcast we have multiple people speaking in a round table format. Would I need each person to have their own mic or would one mic in the centre work? Thanks for your help
            Asked on 2/8/2016 by Iain from Toronto

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              In this case, I'd recommend the ATR2500-USB instead. The ATR2500-USB is a condenser microphone and will be more sensitive than the ATR2100-USB. This will allow the vocals to be picked up much better.

              Answered on 2/9/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
          • Q:

            Got the ATR2100-USB home, USB works & sound great!

            Setup: I can hear only faint sounds using the headphone jack.

            Barley hear the sound and could only verify it was on when I thumped the mic with may finger.

            I definite expected to hear audio like any other audio thing.

            Yes the mic headphone volume was 100% (verified actively on screen, New ROG Asus laptop) and I used 3 different headphones, all with the same result...barely audible, but could hear thumps to verify it was on/working.

            1. My smartphone earbuds with in-line mic (TRRS 3.5mm)
            2. Old Logitech stereo headset with boom mic each with own separate 3.5mm jack, so with the ATR I only used the headphone jack of this headset)
            3.My 7.1 surround Logitech G633 (using 3.5mm input setting).

            Q1: Does anyone hear any real audio using the headphone jack, (not that useless faint junk I got)? Is this what everyone else is experiencing or is it just me?
            Asked on 2/6/2016 by Major420 from SoCal

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance with this.

              Answered on 2/12/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
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